Training alert

THE EVER-POPULAR Getting Started as a Freelance course, initiated by London Freelance Branch, has its next outing on Friday 1 November. It will once more be led by our own Phil Sutcliffe and Humphrey Evans as tutors. Whether you're starting out in journalism as a freelance, or whether you're moving from a staff position to the greater, er, freedom of freelancing, this course is for you.

Always ask for more

Then on Friday 15 November we have the Pitch & Deal course on negotiation, which includes a section on how to "Always ask for more." It will be led by the same Sutcliffe and Evans double-act. Some of you may have had a recent taster of the sort of thing that goes on in the course, having experienced Phil and Humphrey's "Pitch & Deal Show" at October's LFB meeting.

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Pitch & Deal tutor Humphrey Evans (left) looks on as his partner in crime Phil Sutcliffe (right) holds up "Always ask for more" sign.

Both courses are at the NUJ HQ, 308 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP. For more details see and to sign up email for the attention of Judith Jackson. For belt and braces it may be wise also to contact one of the tutors: Phil at

Fees for the Getting Started course are £60 for NUJ members, £50 for NUJ student members and £110 for non-members; for Pitch & Deal £70 / £60 / £130 respectively.

Other upcoming NUJ training courses include (provisionally), Making Internet Journalism Pay and Writing Your First Book (both 13 November) and Business for Journalists (29 November): details are at

Tutors needed

And: do you have the talent and experience to improve the professional skills of NUJ members in the UK and Ireland? If so, then you should consider becoming an NUJ professional training course tutor, teaching on NUJ training courses. More details at, from the training department via the email above or via 020 7520 8340.

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